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What questions should I ask my doctor about scheduling a c-section?

Cesarean birth (also called c-section) is surgery in which your baby is born through a cut that your doctor makes in your belly and uterus. Having a c-section before 39 weeks of pregnancy should only be for medical reasons. If your provider wants to schedule your c-section, ask these questions:
  • Why do I need to have a c-section?
  • Is there a problem with my health or the health of my baby that may make me need to have my baby earlier than 39 weeks?
  • What problems can a c-section cause for me and my baby?
  • Can I have a vaginal birth in future pregnancies?
Learn more at: marchofdimes.org
 

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